I-80 on-ramp remains closed after fiery double-fatality crash in Nebraska

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, December 19, 2013

A husband-and-wife driver team are believed to have been killed Wednesday, Dec. 18, in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 near Lincoln, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The identity of the victims has not been released, pending positive identification, but the state patrol said in a release Wednesday that the couple are believed to be from East Canton, Ohio, and worked for U.S. Xpress out of Chattanooga.

The family of the two people killed in the crash has been notified, but authorities said they will not be releasing their names pending positive identification. The intense fire that destroyed the semi will require additional means to ensure positive identification of the casualties, according to a release issued Thursday.

“The initial investigation and eye witness reports indicated the female was driving the semi,” the release stated. “However, further investigation and reconstruction has determined the female was in the sleeper berth, which flipped over the cab of the semi, and the male driver was behind the wheel.”
 
A portion of eastbound I-80, in the area of the crash, was closed for about an hour and a half on Wednesday. Westbound lanes were also closed for a short period due to heavy smoke from the fire. As of Thursday morning, the I-80 on-ramp remained closed.

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